According to its website, “The Brooklyn Center Business Association (BCBA) is a nonprofit organization of entrepreneurs, business executives, and community leaders whose purpose is to promote commerce and build community within the city of Brooklyn Center.” Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus is proud to be a member of the BCBA and strives to find different ways to get involved with the organization.
The latest opportunity for involvement took place recently as MSB-Brooklyn Center hosted the BCBA for their monthly member luncheon. As an educational institution, MSB-BC has been looking for the perfect excuse to invite legislators on campus, so when the idea presented itself to have a legislative visit in conjunction with a visit by the BCBA, the campus jumped at it.
Senator Chris Eaton, majority whip, began her visit at MSB-BC with a tour of the campus led by Kelly O’Brien, director of admissions. O’Brien said, “I had the pleasure of giving Senator Eaton a tour, and she was very impressed by BC’s Closet, how we incorporate AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) techniques into our curriculum, and how our accrediting body (ACICS) holds us accountable for the placement rates of our graduates. It was great to be able to share information with her and have her see who we are as an organization!”
Following the tour, Senator Eaton joined a group of 35 community members; the group was primarily made up of BCBA members in addition to a few Brooklyn Center Rotary members and staff and faculty from MSB-BC.
Senator Eaton’s presentation revolved around updates from the legislative session that had ended just days earlier. Some of the issues that she gave updates on included a new kill switch function on smart phones; the Health Insurance Transparency Act; the Omnibus Liquor Bill, which discusses liquor sales at TCF Bank Stadium and tap rooms being open on Sunday; the Omnibus Education Finance Bill, which will invest $54 million into the state’s education system; the minimum wage increase; the Women’s Economic Security Act; and Steve’s Law, which is aimed at preventing deaths from opiate overdose.
Paula Helgerson, current president of the BCBA, commented, “As a business association, we want to be updated on the progress our state legislators are making. Having just completed session days before, Senator Eaton’s visit to our May meeting was perfectly timed and provided current information that our members want to be provided with.”
“Our recent visit by Senator Eaton was very informative and gave us the opportunity to network with Brooklyn Center Business Association. We were thrilled to have the chance to host this event,” said Diana Igo, campus director.
Thank you to Senator Chris Eaton for taking time out of her busy schedule to present to the group and to the BCBA for allowing us to host the monthly member luncheon.